IAN 2. Lessons Of Darkness

By Meyer & VehlmannThe second issue of Cinebook's IAN
Publisher: Cinebook
ISBN: 9781849183727

IAN now appears to be accepted with the team, although that still makes for some awkward moments as perceptions and assumptions are challenged. The team is visiting LA, and no sooner do they arrive than a massive civil disturbance erupts. Fortuitously, the team can be scrambled in moments, but the problem is far bigger than their numbers can cope with. That means making tough decisions to complete their directive, and it’s a contradiction that IAN struggles with, to the point of insubordination. Something very strange is happening to this unique android.

IAN is an exploration of what it means to be alive and to be human. Although this is an increasingly common currency in science fiction the creators of IAN attempt to take a different path. IAN’s motivations and intentions appear to be pure, even if the role is he given can be a bloody and violent one. There is a flaw in IAN’s processing, and here we get a brief glimpse of what that means.

The artwork is very crisp and clean, and with its depictions of future LA architecture, I was reminded of the likes of Dave Gibbons, as well as 1980s’ 2000AD with its block wars. The creators are laying the foundations for something unusual, so it will be interesting to see if they can pull it off.

And if you liked that: Volume 3 is out now.

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